Daniel Cormier isn’t the kind of athlete who will just rest on his laurels.
Following a split decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson Saturday night at UFC 192, Cormier made it clear that he plans to improve in all facets of MMA.
“I’ve got to get better. I’ve got to move my head more,” he said, during an interview on FOX Sports 1. “I have to wrestle more. I don’t have anything to prove. I said I could beat Alex in a stand-up fight, but I didn’t really have to.”
Cormier won the title earlier this year with a submission win over Anthony Johnson. UFC officials declared the belt vacant after stripping Jon Jones. To start 2015, Jones defeated Cormier, handing the former Olympic wrestler his first career loss.
While “Bones” continues to work towards reinstatement after legal issues, Cormier wasn’t in the mood to talk about him.
“I’m not thinking about it. I’m here. He’s not. Our time will come,” he said. “I didn’t leave this organization high and dry. He’s playing around on Instagram right now.”
As for the 25-minute battle with Gustafsson, “DC” was left to enjoy his performance. He did admit to a foot injury hampering him early in the fight.
“These are the ones when you start fighting you dream about when you have to dig really deep and overcome an obstacle sometimes you think you can’t overcome,” he said. “In the second round, he cut me, and I was seeing double out of one eye. I had to go rebuild. He hurt me really bad with the knee. It was one of those times you don’t know if you’re going to get it done but if you’re still standing, you keep fighting.”